Psychology Program

Why study Psychology?

Are you fascinated by human behaviour? Do you want to learn more about why people feel and act the way they do? Psychologists explain, predict, and even modify behaviours.

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science?

Students have the option to major in psychology through the Science degree program (BSc) or the Arts degree program (BA) at Saint Mary’s. The Major requirements in both programs are the same, and students may take the same psychology courses through either program. However, the B.A. and B.Sc. programs have differing required and elective courses as outlined in the academic calendar.

The Saint Mary’s approach

With small class sizes and vibrant, student-focused faculty, our students learn and work in a supportive atmosphere that encourages real-world experience. With an active student society and one of the largest program enrollments on campus, our students quickly become a part of the Saint Mary’s community. Our department is also recognized as the preeminent leader in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology east of Montreal and is home to some of the only Law Psychology professors in the Maritimes.

Hands-on learning

At any given time, we have about 100 undergraduate students involved in research with faculty, and another 50 working as teaching assistants. Students may also take part in our co-op program, attend regional conferences, or study abroad to diversify their learning.

Last year, Psychology students hosted the 26th Annual Student Conference, where they had the opportunity to present their research. In addition, some students went on international exchanges for credit in China, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the Arctic.

Sample courses offered:

  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mind and Brain
  • Group Dynamics and Intergroup Behaviour
  • Gender Roles
  • Psychology and Law
  • Psychology of Leadership
  • Forensic Psychology

Future career opportunities:

*  additional education/training may be required

  • Vocational counselling
  • Law enforcement
  • Social worker
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Researcher
  • Psychotherapist
  • Child development specialist

What our professors are saying

“I decided to join Saint Mary’s because the quality of the education is superior. Students have the chance to work one-on-one with some of the world’s foremost experts, which rarely happens at larger schools where students remain a number, not a name. This is a truly unique university, and we care deeply about our students.”

Dr. Maryanne Fisher, Associate Professor, Psychology

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